More than 80 staff at six hospital trusts and a hospice will, for the first time, have the chance to further their careers and train to become healthcare assistant practitioners.
The new training provides the chance to complete a two-year Higher Assistant Practitioner Apprenticeship in Health at Level 5. Learners will complete most of their training in the workplace and study at the College once a week.
On successful completion of the apprenticeship programme, they will have the chance to progress on to a full-time or part-time degree afterwards.
The project is led by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and funded by Health Education England with the College being the lead training provider. The first groups of learners have just started this month, February, and last month.
Paul Corcoran, Chief Executive, The Sheffield College, said: “We are delighted to be providing higher apprenticeships which will result in more healthcare assistant practitioners being available to support clinical teams in our local hospitals to provide the very best care for patients. The higher apprenticeship will help each of the learners on the programme develop new skills that will be in demand for years to come and they will be equipped to become a valuable member of the healthcare team.”
Staff from Barnsley Hospital; Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Foundation Trust; Rotherham General Hospital; Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Sheffield Children’s Hospital; Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust; and St Luke’s Hospice are taking part in the training.
Professor Hilary Chapman, Chief Nurse, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are always looking to be innovative in our approach to training and developing our current staff as well as those people who will be our workforce of the future. The Higher Assistant Practitioner Apprenticeship is a fantastic example of how, by working together with The Sheffield College and other partner organisations, we can offer an opportunity to our staff to further develop their skills and knowledge.”
To find out more about apprenticeships and training for employers at The Sheffield College, visit http://www.sheffcol.ac.uk/employers or call 0114 2602600.